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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 tale about courage, self-belief and optimism.


Dominic Wilcox challenges the real world to keep looking at itself with innocent eyes, wondering what else is possible.

Thomas Heatherwick
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.' Dominic is passionate about innovation and believes we can all benefit from being a bit more playful.

About the author

Born in Sunderland, Dominic Wilcox is a designer and inventor who works across 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 on a mission to inspire children to become the creative thinkers and inventors of the future with his global project, Little Inventors.

Product details

  • Published: July 2018
  • Dimensions: 120 x 150mm
  • Extent: 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-907974-49-6
  • eBook ISBN: Hardback only


Illustrations by Clare Mallison

Paper & print details

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

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