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Founder & Editor – Stella Magazine
Amanda Donigi is the founder and editor of Stella magazine. On establishing Stella; Amanda said she wanted to see more positive stories coming out of her region, so thought that a women’s magazine such as Stella would be a great outlet for talented writers that didn’t have a platform to be published. Her vision now is to create a world that celebrates indigenous culture by connecting and celebrating indigenous people.
Amanda was born in Port Moresby, her father being from the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea and her mother from Melbourne, Australia. She spent her childhood in Port Moresby and was overseas for many of her formative years while her father worked for the foreign service.
Amanda is a 2001 Bachelor of Arts graduate in German Language and Literature from the University of Queensland. She speaks fluent German and some Mandarin as well as holding a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Cambridge. Having completed a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Queensland in 2008 Amanda established her Port Moresby based business ‘Pacific Pencil’ in 2012.
Pacific Pencil is the independent Papua New Guinean publisher of Stella magazine. Stella has proven that magazines are interactive and community building with an ever growing readership and creative team boasting some of the Pacific region’s deepest thinkers and highest achievers. The team has taken playfulness to another dimension by working together to draw attention to issues that are largely overlooked in media. They are blending old and new, holding up the cultural mirror, and rebelling to bring modern viewpoints to the people and encourage alternative thought.
Prior to publishing Amanda supervised cadets on a ‘Careers in Development Program’ in Port Moresby and spent time working in Australia for book distributors.