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The Skimming Stone - A short story about courage Dominic Wilcox

knew the moment had arrived at last.

The stars had aligned.

It was the perfect balance of stillness and silence.

If you had the chance to do the one thing you've always wanted to do, would you dare? Could you ignore the doubts and follow your heart — even at the risk of failure? It is only when we have the courage to take the first step that things can truly change. And something new can begin.

The Skimming Stone is a beautifully illustrated short story about courage, self-belief and optimism.  



  • The first in a brand new series: Do Inspirationals
  • Beautifully produced small format, cloth-bound hardbacks that provide encouragement.
  • Dominic Wilcox is a British artist, designer and the founder of Little Inventors
  • Features original artwork by Clare Mallison
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‘Dominic Wilcox… challenges the real world to keep looking at itself with innocent eyes, wondering what else is possible.’
Thomas Heatherwick

About the author

Born in Sunderland, Dominic Wilcox is a designer and inventor who works across the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative, thought-provoking and surprising objects. His work includes the world’s first GPS shoes, a stained-glass driverless sleeper car of the future, and tiny sculptures balanced on the hands of watches. He is also the author of Variations on Normal (Square Peg, 2014). He is now on a mission to inspire children to become the creative thinkers and inventors of the future with his worldwide Little Inventors project.

Dominic’s Do Lecture: Journey to Try and Find the Ideas 

“I’ve created my own situation where I make a living doing what I want to do." 

Product Details

Pub date: July 2018
Dimensions: 120x150mm
ISBN: 978-1-907974-49-6
eBook ISBN: Hardback only


Original colour artworks by Clare Mallison

Paper & print details

Hardback editions are printed by Livonia Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper